The Science and Technology Policy Program is focused on the relationships between scientists and the public. Specifically, we are interested in the regulation and funding of scientific research and development, and how science is used in public policy. Programs include the Civic Scientist Initiative, which analyzes the public understanding of science, and the International Stem Cell Policy Initiative. Additional program topics focus on the federal funding of science, environmental policy and science diplomacy.
Robert Bazell is the nonresident fellow in science and technology policy at the Baker Institute, as well as an adjunct professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University. He was previously the chief science and health correspondent at NBC News. He worked at NBC for more than three decades, and his reports appeared on “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” “Today” and “Dateline NBC.” Bazell began his journalism career in 1971 as a writer for the “News and Comment” section of Science magazine. A year later, he moved to the New York Post as a reporter. In 1976, before he joined NBC News, he was briefly a reporter with WNBC-TV, the NBC television station in New York.
Bazell has received hundreds of awards for his reports, including five Emmys, the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award and a Gracie Award. He has also received a George Foster Peabody Award for exemplifying “the best reporting on science and medicine.” His book “HER-2: The Making of Herceptin, a Revolutionary Treatment for Breast Cancer” (Random House, October 1998) was made into a 2008 Lifetime movie called “Living Proof” starring Harry Connick Jr. and produced by Bernadette Peters.
Bazell is a 1967 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with a B.A. in biochemistry. He also holds a C.Phil. in immunology from Berkeley.